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Azad pooh-poohs Khurshid, says comparing Hindutva with ISIS ‘factually wrong’

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (Photo: Ghulam Nabi Azad/Twitter)

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on November 11, 2021, pooh-poohed party colleague Salman Khurshid over his views about Hindutva.

Amid the ongoing controversy over remarks related to Hindutva in former Union minister Salman Khurshid’s new book, Azad said equating Hindutva with ISIS is wrong and an exaggeration.

“In Mr. Salman Khursheed’s new book, we may not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology distinct from composite culture of Hinduism, but comparing Hindutva with ISIS and Jihadist Islam is factually wrong and an exaggeration,” Azad tweeted.

A passage in former Union Minister Khurshid’s new book, ”Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times”, reads: “Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years”.

It’s notable that Azad is a member of Congress’ dissident G23 group and Khurshid is considered close to the Gandhi family.

In August 2020, 23 senior Congress leaders wrote a letter to interim party chief Sonia Gandhi requesting immediate and active leadership, organisational rejig. In the letter, they sought an overhaul within the party in view of frequent failures at Lok Sabha and state elections. The leaders’ demand intensified over time and senior party leaders including Gulam Nabi Azad and Kabil Sibal continued to defy the party’s stand on several occasions.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also demanded Congress to sack Khurshid from the party.

Demanding Congress President Sonia Gandhi to sack Khurshid, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said the book is hurting religious sentiment in the country. (PW News)

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